- “It allowed me to forge a man of steel or stone, as flexible and clever as any soldier. As an army, they were invincible. But I told no one the cost...” ―Caridin
Golems are creatures of hewn stone or sheets of metal animated with a spark of lyrium. A magical, not mechanical, process animates the golem, making it more of a living "iron/stone creature". Most commonly made of rock, they rarely speak. A magical control rod can be used to gain complete command of a golem. A golem which lacks a control rod retains free will.
Caridin built the magical Anvil of the Void specifically for the process of building golems. Because he could not create new life, he had to use dwarven volunteers and turn them into golems. The process involves dressing the volunteer in armor the size of the golem, then pouring molten lyrium through the eye holes, mouth hole, and joints of the armor. Before it cools, the armor is hammered and shaped to perfection. Enchanted control rods were used to turn the golems into perfectly obedient soldiers, at the cost of their free will.
Because the golems led to incredible victories against the darkspawn, who were steadily destroying the dwarven civilization, many dwarves gladly volunteered.
When King Valtor began forcing criminals, casteless, and political dissidents into golems, Caridin refused to create any more golems after six years of continuous production. By order of the King he was turned into a golem himself, but Caridin's apprentices could not create a control rod, so Caridin kept his own mind. Soon afterwards he disappeared as well as the Anvil.
The dwarves mounted many expeditions to find the Anvil but all of them failed. The last rescue operation was mounted by Queen Getha. She sent the entire Legion of Steel, an all-golem battalion. With great fanfare, the Legion left Orzammar but they were never heard from again. The Shaperate declared Caridin dead, extinguishing the last kindle of hope. Due to the incalculable loss of the Legion of Steel, Queen Getha was deposed. Since then, Caridin is the protector of the Anvil of the Void, wishing he never invented it.
- Gate guardians
- Inferno golems
- Stone golems
- Steel golems
- Slave statues
- Fortified Golem
- Magic-Resistant Golem
- Regenerator Golem
Notable golems Edit
See also EditCodex entry: Golem Codex entry: The Legion of Steel
- ↑ Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide, p. 148
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 173
- ↑ Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 32
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Caridin and Golems - BioWare wiki